How to View Folder Sizes on Your Mac Using Finder

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

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    When you use Finder's List view to work with files on your Mac, a glance at the Size column tells you the size of each file, but when it comes to folders in the list, Finder just shows a couple of dashes instead.

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    Finder skips showing folder sizes because calculating them takes time - if several folders contained thousands of files, working out the total size would likely slow down your Mac. So while omitting this information can get annoying, it does ensure file browsing in Finder stays snappy.

    But what if you want to use List view and still keep an eye on the size of a handful of folders in a specific location - in Documents, for instance, or in a directory synced to a cloud storage service? It might not be obvious, but thankfully it is possible to make Finder calculate folder size when navigating items as a list.

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    To do so, open the folder in question, select View -> Show View Options from the menu bar or press the keys Command-J, and check Calculate All Sizes. Finder will now remember your viewing preference for that particular location only.

    If you're looking for a more global solution for keeping tabs on folder sizes that will work in any Finder view mode, you might consider enabling the Preview panel. To do this, open a Finder window and select the menu bar option View -> Show Preview, or press the keys Shift-Command-P.

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    In the Preview panel, the size of the selected folder always appears immediately below the folder name. If this is the only folder information you want to see in the Preview panel, you can select the menu bar option View -> Show Preview Options and uncheck all other metadata options.

    To be honest though, relying on the Preview panel to keep a check on individual folder sizes isn't a great use of Finder window space. This is where the menu bar option File -> Get Info (or key combo Command-I) can come in helpful. Opening a separate Get Info panel lets you see the size of the item in question, regardless of whether it's a file or a folder.

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    The only problem with a Get Info panel is that it only relates to the item you originally selected it for, and every new panel that you open for each additional selected item will hang around on your desktop until you close it manually.

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    Fortunately, this inconvenience can be easily solved: Click File in the menu bar and hold the Option key, and Get Info will turn into Show Inspector. Unlike a Get Info panel, the Inspector panel is dynamically updated and will always display information for the active Finder window's currently selected file or folder - including, of course, its size.

    Article Link: How to View Folder Sizes on Your Mac Using Finder
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    Useful if you want this information at a glance.

    To anybody reading - if you always need this information I'd wager you're looking to find what's taking up disk space, in which case it's better to use OmniDiskSweeper for a more detailed breakdown: https://www.omnigroup.com/more/

    Simple interface, no frills.
     
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    From a small screen iPhone I thought there was written MILF PICS.

    But after zooming in, disappointment followed :)
     
  4. matteuk macrumors newbie

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    Another fundamentally essential useful feature gone.
     
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    What is it that is gone?
     
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    The MILF PICS (See Post #3)
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  8. axcess99 macrumors newbie

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    I thought quick folder sizing was supposed to be an APFS thing? I guess I didn't notice it wasn't integrated into that column. Such a waste
     
  9. n-evo, Oct 17, 2018
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    Select a file or folder > press Command C > go to whatever location > Command Option V
     
  10. bladerunner2000 Suspended

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    TotalFinder enables this.

    Its amazing how in every application and every operating system, cmd+x and cmd+v is cut/paste or move data....but not in Mac OS.
     
  11. oneMadRssn macrumors 601

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    I think quick move/copy of large folders is the APFS thing. I don't think Apple ever promised APFS would have quick folder sizing.
     
  12. dazzer21-2 macrumors regular

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    Back in the days of OS9, you could one-click print a window from the finder, which I found pretty useful at the time; none of this take a screengrabs print that malarkey.
     
  13. MrJeffreyGee macrumors regular

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    This is awesome... Too bad you can't enable it in List view globally this way.
     
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    Command-C would copy the file not move it
     
  15. star-affinity, Oct 17, 2018
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    Yes, but pasting the fille with the ”alt/option” key held down will delete the copied file once it's pasted, i.e. the same thing as moving it.

    In fact, you can see in the contextual menu in the Finder (ctrl-click or right-click) that the menu option changes from ”Paste Item” to ”Move Item Here” when holding down the ”alt/option” key.

    Same thing with the ”Edit” menu in the menu bar and the ”cog wheel” button in a Finder window.
     

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    Surprised that nobody has mentioned the fact that it is IMPOSSIBLE to show folder size in list view now on Windows 10. I use a PC at work and was stunned by this....it seems like the most basic thing that Windows actually used to offer optionally, as the Mac does today, but apparently Microsoft decided to eliminate this feature...
     
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    In what version of Windows was this possible natively? As far as I can remember I've always had trouble doing this no matter the Windows version. The Mac had it even in the pre-OS X/MacOS days.

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  18. insomniac86 macrumors regular

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    They sure did. https://developer.apple.com/library.../Conceptual/APFS_Guide/Features/Features.html
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    Yeah, Windows Explorer has always been better than Finder. Need had an issue with seeing total folder size or just seeing the total size of multiple selections in total. Then they took away the folder size detail... Like really Microsoft, the stuff you actually got right?
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    IMHO Apple overlooked this setting in finder once they moved to APFS. Since APFS has instant folder sizing compared to the terrible performance on HFS+, you think Apple would just turn this on by default. What is the point of listing "--" if you already have the info to display.
     
  19. oneMadRssn macrumors 601

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    That's not exactly what the OP was asking about though. From your link:
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    I will upvote any OS9 or earlier screenshot, no matter what.
     
  20. n-evo, Oct 18, 2018
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    Except it does move the file. Next time take a moment to actually check things out first before flat out telling someone they're wrong.
     
  21. GenesisST macrumors 68000

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    When I use command-c and command-v it ****ing copies the file. The file is at the two locations.
    This is NOT a move, this is a copy.
     
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    If you press ”command-option-v” it will get moved.
     
  23. n-evo, Oct 18, 2018
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    That's correct. You're not supposed to just press Command V though. Let's take a look at what I originally wrote.

    See how that’s different? So now you try it again. I'll walk you through it.

    Select a file or folder. Press Command C. Now go to another folder of your choosing and hit Command Option V. Not Command V. No, that's wrong. Press Command Option V. That's three (3) buttons, not just the two (2) you’re pressing so far. The file or folder will move instead of being copied.

    FYI, the Option button is the button that says "option" and/or "alt" and/or "" depending on your keyboard. It tends to be right in the middle of the Control and Command buttons.

    Just let us know if you need additional support.
     
  24. GenesisST macrumors 68000

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    First, I stand corrected, I did miss the "option" part.

    Second, must be nice to have never misread anything in your life!
     
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    I though holding cmd down then dragging a file to another drive would move instead of copy? Or at least it does in High Sierra.
     

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